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point tsa officers not armed or shot, one is killed. >> he preceded to the screening area and continued shooting and went past the screeners back into the airport itself. >> reporter: authorities say after shooting his way through the security check point the gunman makes it all the way down this hallway and stopped by authorities here near a burger king in the food court area, hundreds run for their lives. >> it was complete panic. people were screaming. you know, children crying. >> cure and utter may ham. people tripping over each other. bags everywhere. crying, screaming. >> everybody started like flying down the hallway and they were just like jumping over chairs, jumping over people. hiding in -- we were kind of trapped at the end of the terminal. >> trapped with nowhere else to escape some run on the airport tarmac and others use everything they can to protect them severals. >> second shots and i grabbed luggage and made walls and walls out of luggage and seen the guy walking towards the edlator. >> after making it hundreds of feet the gunman is shot by police multiple times in t
for their lives, hiding under benches, fleeing on to the tarmac. at least one tsa officer is dead. multiple others, injured. new pictures coming in now, including a weapon at the scene. face-to-face with the shooter. we'll speak live to a witness who saw the gunman inside the airport. he calls the scene mass pandemonium. who is this suspect? breaking details from law enforcement sources on the ground and here in washington about a possible motive. i'm wolf blitzer. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is a "situation room" special report, shooting at l.a.x. >>> you're looking at live pictures from los angeles inrn are on the scene at this hour. the investigation, an intense investigation, is certainly under way. they are trying to piece together what happened when police say a man pulled an assault rifle from a bag and began shooting -- a shooting rampage at a security checkpoint. this was the scene inside the airport. crowds of people taking cover in a bathroom stall. lots of shattered glass and a screening area torn upside down. outside the airport, a ma
into a killing ground allegedly murdering a tsa officer and trying to kill more. paul anthony ciancia, 23 years old. that is a picture of him. he's badly wounded tonight. authorities say along with an assault rifle he was carrying anti-government materials during his tear through l.a.x.'s terminal three. reports he sent some rambling text messages to his family prior to the rampage. that is a live shot of his father's house right now in pennsville, new jersey. we're waiting to go hear from the family. if and do we'll bring it to you live. we also obtained video from inside terminal 3 capturing the chaos. >> come on you guys. >> go go go! >> [ mute ] this is crazy, dog. >> crazy indeed. scene frommed in and outside the terminal as an ocean of air travelers fled the gunman. you can imagine being down there in that stampede. a number of people got hurt in the rush but sticking around was certainly not an option. you're going to hear from some of them tonight. a lot of eyewitnesses on the program tonight. here's what we've learned about today's murder at l.a.x. >> a major major incident working her
are monitoring l.a.x. airport police are getting lots of help one day after a gunman opened fire killing a tsa officer and bringing chaos to one of the world's busiest airports. >> today in our enhanced deployment for los angeles world airport, los angeles police department has committed additional resources. this morning i met with the federal air marshals and they're providing additional resources for us. obviously today and for the foreseeable future we'll continue our very high profile at the curbs and anywhere in those ticketing areas and anywhere on our campuses. >> we're also learning some new troubling clues emerging about the suspect 23-year-old paul ciancia. a source tells cnn the suspect had a note with an anti-tsa rant. the note also reflected his fear of an ominous new world order. our affiliates kcal and kcbs got the exclusive video and it appears to show the suspect handcuffed to the stretcher. cnn cannot independently confirm who it is. we also have video of the chaos inside the airport moments after shots were fired, and you can hear police screaming for people to get down. >>
on the escalatoescalatort up. officers hernandez squirming around. road the escalator back down and shot him. two other tsa officers were wounded and treated at hospitals and released. 29-year-old high school teacher brianland mer is in fair condition. he was shot in the leg. cnn's stephanie is outside the airport for us. you spoke with a witness who saw the shooting. what did he say to you? >> reporter: very much so, don. he was here at the airport to pick up the bags that he and his wife and son deserted as everything was going down. they heard the first fire shots. hit the ground and then there was a pause. and now, this gentleman i spoke to, he believes that's when he ran the shooter ran up the stairs and went back to shoot that tsa agent. this is what he said he saw from his perspective. >> we were up in security at the time of the shooting. we heard the initial gunshots. and everybody in security hit the ground. a lot of folks were scrambling forward. so i scrambled forward also. and there was a pause. and so i looked down the escalator. and i saw the gunman. he had his gun trained on the wall there
was targeting the tsa, wolf, statements that he made, as he was running down from the security checkpoint to the gate, passengers saying they heard him asking whether they were were with tsa, but we're also told, adam perez, my colleague in washington, learning that there were materials, information on him, that suggest he was looking to kill tsa agents and possibly police officers. wolf? >> the search warrants are being implemented both in los angeles and new jersey. do we know where in new jersey? >> it's southern new jersey, that they're looking. plus there are also -- he's got two sibling that we know of. officers are trying to reach out to his mother and father as well. so this is a sweeping investigation, wolf. >> deb, stand by. i want to share with our viewers some of the dramatic video that tmz made available, cell phone video of what happened as the shooting was going down. >> everybody onto the floor now! on the floor! >> this is crazy [ bleep ] yeah, you too, man [ bleep ] everybody. >> come on, you guys. >> go, go! >>> powerful video indeed. deborah, you were watching it with
. the transportation security administration confirms that one of its agents was killed in the shooting. another tsa employees were injured. police list a total of seven people wounded. it's unclear exactly how that breaks down. the gunman is believed to have acted alone according to lapd. according to police, this individual, the suspect, pulled an assault rifle out of his bag, that's the words of the police, assault rifle, and opened fire. he charged back into the screening area and walked well inside the airport terminal before security ultimately caught up with him. an intelligence officer briefed by the lapd says the gunman was shot in the chest multiple times. now that shooter is said to be in custody. two sources tell cnn the shooter is not, repeat, not a current or former tsa officer, despite reports from other media. airport officials say l.a.x. is technically still open but it's only accepting flights at less than half the normal rate. any flight coming out of l.a.x. or through l.a.x. will be significantly late. officials are hoping passengers just stay away from the airport at this point
around to look. the shots were coming from behind me. and the tsa agent that was near me urged me to grab my stuff and go. he saw that i didn't have my shoes on. so he grabbed the shoes, and the two of us started running down the corridor towards the gate. meanwhile, more shots rang out. and this agent got hit. i think it was a grazing wound. because he seemed to be okay. he had my shoes. i went and kind of cowered in a corner. and the shooter was just calmly walking down the corridor. he saw me cowering there. he had his gun and he looked at me and he said, tsa? and i just shook my head. he kept going. >> how did he seem to you? what did he look like? what was his expression? >> he didn't act like -- you know it was kind of hard to seat expression. i was more focused on his weapon. it was a rifle, looked like an assault rifle. not sure what kind it would have been. but he was dressed normally. he had short hair, a light complexion. just maybe blue jeans or gray jacket or something like that. >> and when he asked you when he said tsa, did you realize what he meant? did you realize that --
three tsa agents, killing one. >>> a strong turnout in boston. more than 1 million strong celebrating the red sox's big world series win. fans also paying tribute to the resilience of the marathon bombing survivors. >>> and buckle up. an airline is putting a new spin on those preflight safety instructions. >>> a major investigation under way at the los angeles international airport a day after a gunman burst in and killed a tsa officer. here's what we know today. tsa administrator john pistole is on his way to los angeles today. he is expected to meet with the family of killed tsa officer gerardo hernandez and others. right now l.a.x. is open, but no flights are leaving from terminal 3 where the shooting happened. a tweet from the airport says people who left things in that terminal yesterday can now get them at the ticket counter. >>> and we're also learning more about the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a law enforcement official, he was carrying materials including an anti-tsa rant and a reference to a new world order. ciancia lived in l.a., but he is from new jersey.
of potential security problems. you probably recall just within the last several weeks, there was a tsa agent who was arrested for making threats against l.a.x. claiming he would plant explosivesen an blow up the airport. also not long ago, there were a couple of contractor employees arrested at l.a.x. for planting dry ice bombs, which is a very bizarre incident. apparently some sort of a prank gone wrong. obviously, this incident though appears much more serious, wolf. >> when you say much more serious, i see what the reaction has been from local authorities from local police. this looks like a massive operation under way right now at terminal 3 at l.a.x. it doesn't look like just a small little incident. it looks like be something pretty serious. >> that's what our understanding is, as well, wolf. we're not on the scene yet. we are on the way from our bureau to l.a.x. but we do have a producer tracey timura who is in the area and describes it as basically locked down. there's no way to get a car into the airport. it's clear the authorities are trying to restrict access to the airport and ge
of the busiest airports in the united states. one tsa officer shot to death. the first ever to be killed in the line of duty. three others wounded. hundreds of passengers were single running in a state of panic. >> there was a guy downstairs, started shooting. one guy fell down. panic erupted and he was setting up through security shack. >> my husband just grab me and put me on the floor. i was really scared and crying. and i was panicked. >> the only thing could i do was keep my eyes down the hallway was just keep calm. everybody was just going crazy. >> here's how the scene unfolded this morning. >> 9:20 this morning. an individual came in to terminal three of this airport. pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal. he proceeded up into the screening area where tsa screeners are and continued shooting and went past the screeners, back into the airport itself. >> the gunman is identified as 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia. shot three time in the chest by police and in critical condition. these images were taken by passengers in the airport. right here
terminal three and opened fire. shooting a tsa security agent. it is unclear, this is one of many things we do not know at this hour. whether or not that gunman actually breached security. according to her sources, it does not appear that that individual did that, but also according to deb, the gunman is believed to have been shot and is now in police custody. we're hearing right now as this is still underway here, as you see a tremendous law enforcement presence at l.a.x., hearing from a number of eyewitnesses here and looking, as you can see a couple different boxes on your screen. aerial pictures, right side of the screen, a bunch of planes just sitting there around terminal three, and on the left-hand side of the screen, this is the passenger pickup and drop-off area which has become sort of this makeshift triage area as well. and in the last hour or sore so, we have seen people, as has been dubbed a multipatient incident. multiple people injured. we're working to get an update on the injuries, as we mentioned, one of whom is a tsa agent. sarah richardson is on the phone with me. she is
of the tsa officer killed in the brutal attack at l.a.x. speaking out. listen. >> hello, everybody. thank you for coming out. i know you have been waiting for a statement from the family. thank you for respecting the fact we are hurting. my husband passed away. here is a statement. he was born and moved to the united states at the age of 15. he graduated from high school. we met in 1994 when i was 16 and he was 19 and have been together ever since. we married on valentine's day in 1998 and had two beautiful children. he worked for the tsa organization since 2010. he was a security officer. he was always excited to go to work and enjoy the passengers at l.a.x. he was a joyful person, always smiling and took pride in his duty to the american public. he was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was always there to help anyone in need and always made people laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heart broken. we will miss him dearly. thank you very
. >>> a gunman opens fire, killing a tsa agent and wounding three other people. at los angeles international airport. today we hear from a friend of the shooter. >>> at the moment that they're seeing this on the tv. their third roommate comes back. saying i just dropped off paul at l.a.x., he didn't with a to go alone. they just knew. i think you just dropped off paul to a shooting. >> police were just minutes from stopping the attack. and should tsa officers be armed? the shooting at l.a.x. has some pushing for tsa to be armed. >>> and edward snowden says british counterparts to the nsa are some of the worst offenders to government oversight. >>> welcome to "around the world." police came within minutes of stopping the alleged l.a.x. shooter from heading to the airport before friday's rampage. one. new details we're learning today. this is from an exclusive interview with a woman who knows the suspect and his three roommates. 23-year-old paul ciancia is charged with murdering a tsa officer. ciancia is in critical condition after being shot by police officers. the fbi says he set out to kill
there are looking for more clues in the attack and what led a lone gunman to target tsa officers. >>> right now, the virginia and new jersey governors races, are making a final push for votes. we look at what tomorrow's elections could tell us about the 2016 presidential race. >>> and right now, we're waiting for today's white house briefing to get under way. the press secretary jay carney likely to face more questions about obama care and the political tell-all book "double rap." >>> hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting from washington. more on the investigation into the fatal shooting over at the los angeles international airport. 23-year-old paul ciancia. police say he's the shooter. he remains in critical condition today, unable to speak with investigators. but we are starting to learn more about ciancia. and possibly some of his motives. we're also learning more about what happened just before the shooting, from someone who knew ciancia and his roommates. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. >> why did he need a ride? >> he said he was going back home, eith
whitfield. here are the top stories we're following in the "cnn newsroom." one tsa agent dead, two others hurt in a shooting at l.a.x. now new information about the suspected gunman and a potential motive for the rampage. >>> a controversial nypd program remains in place. officers can stop and frisk anyone they think looks suspicious. but does the program unfairly target african-americans? >>> and chris brown is in rehab, but not for drugs or alcohol. the singer is getting treatment for anger issues. are celebs using rehab to avoid bigger legal problems? all that coming up. >>> a major investigation is under way at the los angeles international airport. a day after a gunman burst in and killed a tsa officer. here's what we know today. tsa administrator john pistole is on his way to los angeles today. he is expected to meet with the family of killed tsa officer hernandez and others. right now l.a.x. is open but no flights are leaving from terminal 3 where the shooting happened yesterday. a tweet from the airport says people who left things in that terminal yesterday can now get them at the
security for both tsos and the flying public. the development of a new class of tsa officers with law enforcement status would be a logical approach to accomplishing this goal, end quote. security at airports across the nation will be reviewed on orders from attorney general eric holder in the wake of the l.a.x. shooting. a gunman killed one tsa officer as you recall and wounded two other officers and a passenger. the suspect, 23-year-old paul ciancia, is still listed in critical condition at this hour. earlier, an attorney read a statement from his family in new jersey offering condolences to the victims and begging for privacy. >> paul is our son and brother. we will continue to love him and care for him. we will support him during the difficult times ahead. while we do not mean to minimize the grief and distress experienced by many other families, we hope that the public will understand that this is a very difficult time for our family, too. >> police say the gunman was specifically targeting the tsa, according to a note he had. working for the tsa seems like it's often a thankless
. >> did he ever express any hatred toward the government or the tsa? >> all the findings that came out this year, he was very upset about it and he thought that tsa abused their power. >> brand new exclusive information, a friend of paul ciancia speaking out. hatred toward the tsa and how police missed him by just hours. >> he has a bag, gets in the car. off they go. and a short time later, a knock at the door. police. >> yes, police. >> plus, a car repo? not unusual. a car recall and replace the part doesn't come in for six months? wait. what? honda saying drivers should just work around the problem. is that really safe? >>> also -- >> wings came off. they were on fire. >> 12,000 feet in the air, two planes full of skydivers collide. >> the pilot got out safely, used his emergency parachute and landed. >>> and soccer fans so bad they set their rival's stadium on fire during the game. you're live in the cnn newsroom. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we now have a better idea of just how troubled l.a.x. shooting suspect paul ciancia was days before fri
away from preventing the shooting. should tsa officers now be armed? i will ask california senator dianne feinstein. >>> also, are the 2016 battle lines being drawn? chris christie may be heading for a big win that could boost his white house chances as an influential center. it falls on hillary clinton to launch her own run. >>> and four years after political opposition fueled his plans to try them in new york city, attorney general eric holder says they would be on death row right now. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> right now, we're learning much more about the bloody shooting rampage at los angeles airport that sent panicked passengers fleeing for their lives, left a tsa officer dead and three more victims wounded. now there's a brand new push by the union that represents tsa officers to give them law enforcement status, in other words, guns and arrest powers to protect themselves and the public. meantime, the suspect, who allegedly targeted the tsa, remains in critical condition. cnn's stephanie elam has been piecing together the details of what happened,
grizzly new details on the los angeles airport shooting. the shooter fired at point blank range at tsa officer hernandez who crumbled to the floor. the suspect walked away, turned around, and saw hernandez squirming on the floor. the suspect came back, shooting hernandez again, killing him. five people were shooting with including the suspected gunman, paul ciancia who is in critical condition. two others were treated at hospitals and released. 29-year-old high school teacher is in fair condition. he was shot in the leg. now to cnn stephanie elim outside l.a.x. stephanie, you spoke with a passenger who witnessed a shooting. >> reporter: don, it was crazy to hear his story. he said everyone hit the ground. he was up above the escalator, in he curity, wh when everything happened. there was a pause and he looked back down and that's when he saw everything else. take a listen. >> we were at security. we heard the initial gunshots. and everybody in security hit the ground. a lot of folks were scrambling forward. so there was a pause. i look down the escalator and i saw the gunman. he had hi
at l.a.x. one tsa officer is dead, several others hurt. we're digging to find new details about the suspect and what his real goal may have been. >>> and new hope this morning for a family of a teenager found dead inside a gym mat. the fbi is now investigating whether kendrick johnson was murdered, or if it was a tragic accident. >>> and the turnout strong in boston. thousands are packing the streets for parades celebrating the world champion red sox. >>> a disturbing picture is coming together for the man who burst into the los angeles airport, shooting several tsa officers, and killing one. the fbi says he is paul anthony ciancia, and he was carrying materials, including an anti-tsa rant and a reference to a new world order, according to a federal law enforcement official. when shots were fired, people in terminal 3 ran for their lives yesterday. cell phone video obtained by tmz shows the chaos as officers yelled at people to get down. >> clear? on the floor! on the floor! on the floor now! on the floor! >> go, go, go! >> on the floor! >> come on, you guys. >> go, go! [ alarm
fire at l.a.x. one tsa officer is dead, two others wounded. new details about the suspect and what the goal may have been. >>> plus -- more than 1 million people are showing they are boston strong. a parade in beantown celebrating the red sox's world series ti e title, and honoring the city's resilient, six months after the boston marathon bombing. >>> and an e-mail lands a u.s. marine in hot water. he could get booted for mishandling classified information. but some say he should be rewarded instead. >>> an urgent investigation is going on right now at los angeles, because of the l.a.x. shooting. a day after a gunman burst in killing a tsa officer, the suspect was detained after being shot, according to an intelligence source. our affiliate kcal and kcbs got this exclusive video, and it purportedly showing paul ciancia handcuffed to a stretcher. cnn cannot independently confirm who that person is on that stretcher. video from inside the terminal moments after shots were fired did show how chaotic it was. >> on the floor! on the floor! on the floor now! on the floor! [ shouts ] >
of the injured tsa officers spoke out for the first time talking about his encounter with the gunman after helping an elderly man to a safe area. >> i turned around and there was a gunman who shot me twice. i was shot in the foot. after i was shot i got to the area where the planes were at. and people were coming towards me and asking me, you know, were you shot, what's going on. i was like, and i, all i could think about was, you know, helping them, you know, i may be injured right now, but the concern is really to take care of you. >> that comes on the heels of new information that police visited the alleged gunman's apartment the day of the shooting. they got a tip. but it turns out they missed him. and the chance to save a live by just minutes. stephanie elam is out front. >> reporter: not long before the deadly shooting at los angeles international airport, paul ciancia sent his family messages, some suggesting that he would commit suicide. the family alerted authorities who asked lapd to do a welfare check. they responded within six minutes of getting that call, but it was still too
shot one tsa officer and wounded several others. the airport is open again and details tonight emerging. we have more from the airport and chris lawrence outside the suspect's home in new jersey. we'll begin, what do we know about what happened today? >> reporter: passengers say it was a normal day at the airport when suddenly they heard very, very loud popping, one man said it sound the like it must have been from a large gun. many saw spark s and started running. there was the beat of calm and then absolute chaos, sheer terror as people were trying to flee this terminal. what happened afterwards is that after this gunman was taken down by the police, passengers here were completely stuck and it was gridlock. you can see, piers, there is still people walking up and down the streets trying to figure out how to get to the next destination. >> and in terms of actually what he did, we now know she shot dead one tsa officer. we think he wounded a second tsa officer, a third person was also wounded. we believe and others may have suffered minor injuries in the stampede to get away. is that t
tsa officer killed in the line of duty in the agency's history. two additional agents were wounded. joining me from austin, texas, is the chairman of the house homeland security committee, michael mccall. congressman, thank you very much for joining us. i think in the aftermath of this, the question i hear most often is, why did he do this. what do you know about that? i know you've been able to see some of the notes he wrote. what do you think the motivation was here? >> i think mental illness again, like the navy yard shooter that we saw. the suicide note i read talks a lot about killing tsa agents. he said, "if i just kill one, my mission is accomplished." and unfortunately, he did do that the other day. the other thing he wanted to talk about is how easy it is to bring a gun into an airport and do something like he did. my sympathies go out to the hernandez family and the other victims. this tragic day -- as you mentioned, he's the first tsa agent, officer to be killed in the line of duty. >> it's our understanding that much of the literature he had on him was anti-government,
of like the navy yard shooter that we saw. the suicide note that i read talks a lot about killing tsa agents, and if he said if i just kill one my mission is accomplished and unfortunately, he did do that the other day and the other thing he wanted to talk about is how easy it is to bring a gun into an airport and do something just like he did and my simple thoughs go out to the hernandez family and the other victims, this tragic day. he's the first tsa agent officer to be killed in the line of duty. >> congressman, it's our understanding that much of the literature he had on him was both anti-government, anti-tsa but you're telling me his intent was suicide after he did damage? >> well, it's clearly one of those notes that reads i'm going to go kill people, and i don't want to kill civilians, with the idea that he's going to die at the end of this. the other thing that i think was equally as tragic was that his family in new jersey had notified new jersey local authorities, who then in turn notified the local l.a. police who actually visited the suspect's home the morning of the shoo
, the suspect paul anthony ciancia. he shot one tsa officer and wounded several others. the airport is open again and details tonight emerging. we have more from the airport and chris lawrence outside the suspect's home in new jersey. we'll begin, what do we know about what happened today? >> reporter: passengers say it was a normal day at the airport when suddenly they heard very, very loud popping, one man said it sound the like it must have been from a large gun. many saw spark s and started running. there was the beat of calm and then absolute chaos, sheer terror as people were trying to flee this terminal. what happened afterwards is that after this gunman was taken down by the police, passengers here were completely stuck and it was gridlock. you can see, piers, there is still people walking up and down the streets trying to figure out how to get to the next destination. >> and in terms of actually what he did, we now know she shot dead one tsa officer. we think he wounded a second tsa officer, a third person was also wounded. we believe and others may have suffered minor injuries in
, but terminal 3 remains closed after yesterday's shooting rampage that left one tsa officer dead and two more injured. it all threw off the travel plans of 167,000 travelers. >> on the floor! on the floor now! on the floor! >> and some of them had to run for cover when the shooting started. police are now trying to learn what they can about the 23-year-old suspect. police identified him as paul ciancia. overnight, we learned about a series of texts he sent to his family that concerned them so much, they contacted police. cnn's dan simon joins me from los angeles. dan, good morning. what's the latest on the bags left behind by those passengers who fled terminal 3? >> reporter: yeah, good morning, allison. first of all, you have a lot of luggage that was left behind. when the shooting happened, people just bolted for the exits and just dropped their bags and left their personal belongings, and as you can imagine, people are eager to retrieve their stuff. at one point, they were going to be allowed back into terminal 3 to retrieve their belongings, but that's been on hold. the fbi is still inves
that he wanted to shoot multiple tsa officers. >> investigators are still piecing together their timeline of what happened inside terminal three. they don't know every step of paul cianci's path. they know a roommate dropped him off here he entered at about 9:20 in the morning. according to pictures like this one. the gun was a 223 caliber assault rifle when he concealed in a bag. he then approached officer hernandez who was standing there where those flowers are. and he shot him point blank multiple times in the chest and then got on this sclat ter. >> he was alleged to have started to walk away and going up an escalate ter and then coming back down to return and shoot the wounded officer again. >> at the top is a security checkpoint. at some point he wounded two additional officers and a passenger. this is the other side of the checkpoint. from here the bun gunman made his way deep into the terminal. he neared the gates. people were running and getting knocked down and there was luggage everywhere and mayhem is the best way to describe it. we are speeding up the video as he wound throug
. the suspected gunman fired at a tsa officer at point-blank range friday and came back to shoot him again. that tsa officer died. people who saw the terror unfold are now telling their stories. stephanie, what have you heard from people? >> reporter: the terrifying nateture of this, from all the people in the terminal, you can hear it. there was one man that came back today to pick up his blopgings after seeing the shooting take place. and our photogeorgist, tom larsson, come up with this man. his name is scott greene listen to what he says happened. >> the guy had his gun downwards on him and he shot him twice. wha . >> wlafs your first reaction? >> to get my family out of there. i was hoping that we need to get out of here. >> everybody was running through security at that time. at tsa, they were pulling through trying to get to the right and he was at the top of the escalator. >> what he believes now happens is that there was a silence after you've heard the first gunshots apt then he looked down and saw the shooter. he believes it was a time when the shooter was running up the stairs
is feeling better. let move to a cnn exclues toive. new details of the man accused of gunning down a tsa officer. paul ciancia is in critical condition. a woman who says she knows him well is filling in some of the blanks telling cnn what he might have been thinking and doing shortly before the incident. we have that exclusive angle to the story. good morning, miguel. >> reporter: good morning, kate. this woman has a fascinating story to tell. it is amazing she is an ordinary woman that found herself in an extraordinary circumstance. she wants to remain anonymous. she doesn't want her life associated with paul ciancia. days before this rampage, this woman says ciancia was already plotting his crime. >> he asked whether he could have a ride to the zblarpt why did he need a ride? >> he was going back home, his dad was sick. he had family issues. >> did anyone see a ticket? >> he mentioned what day he had to leave. >> reporter: she says he rarely left his san fernando apartment, describing him as socially awkward and a heavy smoker f. day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, it to
fired at point-blank range at tsa officer gerard gerardo hernandaz who crumpled to the floor. the suspect came back and shot him again killing him. the f.b.i. says five people were shot, including the suspected gunman who is in critical condition at a hopt right now. two other tsa officers were wounded and treated in hospitals and released. 29-year-old high school teach erp is in fair condition. he was shot in the leg. >>> gosh, stephanie. this story is just horrible. you just spok with a passenger who witnessed the shooting, what did the passenger say? >> this man came back to pick up his luggage. the ones that they had abandoned his whole family to run. this what he said he saw. >> we heard gunshots and everybody in security hit the ground. a lot were there, also. there was a pause and i looked down the escalator. he had his gun on the wall there and he shot him twice. so i was kind of knelt down and he ran up the escalator. i said something and he yelled something. >> he said it took hours for him to reunite with his family. he said after he saw him shooting, he went out o
. he looked like he was wearing some sort of uniform potentially a tsa worker. we are told that they have to cut his shirt, that he had blood all over him. but that his shirt was cut and that he is being tenned to. that was the person who looked like they might have worked for the tsa. but what you see here what we're looking at live pictures of people who are -- it looks quite calm as they are evacuating the airport. i believe this is outside of terminal 2. and a lot of people in wheelchairs, but it looks like it is a very orderly procession out of the airport as they evacuate those who were apparently close to this incident. >> of course, it was only a couple of weeks ago, l.a.x. was in the news with those dry ice bombs. that incident was of course, sorted out. and a person arrested over that. >> again, if you're just joining us here, this is breaking news on cnn. this is out of los angeles. this is l.a. x., a very large airport. used throughout, of course, for international as well as domestic travel. there's a report of an incident, a potential shooting that took place.
tsa agents to kill. did he ever express any hatred toward the government, toward the tsa? >> all of the findings that came out this year that he was very upset about it and he also thought that tsa aabused their power. >> reporter: cnn confirmed this picture is legitimate. pa paul ciancia is hit twice. he is wearing no special clothing and looks like any other traveler. >> at the moment they are seeing this on the tv, the third roommate comes back. i just dropped off paul at l.a.x. and he had to go home. they said i think you you just dropped paul off to a shooting. >>> breaking overnight. a college student rescued after spending two terrifying days trapped between two buildings. he was found between his dorm building and the garage. the space two feet wide. firefighters had to break through a wall to get to him. >> his legs were crossing and he was moving his right arm. >> they would never have found him for who knows how long and he would be dead by now. >> reporter: the 19-year-old is in stable condition this morning. it's not clear how he got stuck in there but it's believed
express hatred toward the government or the tsa. >> all the nsa findings that came out this year, he was upset and he thought tsa abused their power. >> cnn has confirmed this photo making its rounds online is legitimate. it shows ciancia was not wearing any sort of special protective clothing when he was shot. she is still listed in critical condition at ucla medical center. and the l.a. county coroner has confirmed tsa worker gerardo hernandez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. he's the first tsa official to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in 2001. >> and in the frantic moments after gerardo hernandez was shot and killed, airport police reacted very quickly. they were 60 seconds behind ciancia, but could that reaction time have been quicker? could armed tsa agents have prevented something as horrendous as what played out at terminal three on friday. eric holder said this morning they will need to reassess after the investigation is complete. >> the investigation obviously under way, and part of that investigation will be a review of the security measu
on this rampage here that clearly mentions him here. just tsa in general saying that he wanted to instill some fear in him, fred. >> thank you so much. appreciate that. >> so the wife of the tsa officer killed in that attack said that he was always excited to go to work and took pride in his job when he was shot on friday. his wife said she and his two children are simply devastated. he was a wonderful husband and father, brother son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated and we are all heart broken and will miss him dearly. secretary of state met and told egyptians that because it is quote policy. kerry is the highest level official to visit the area since the ouster. his trial begins tomorrow. some big names hitting the campaign trial in the virginia governor's race. president obama recently speaking today. the message with the race so close when it comes to creating good jobs and giving moreg virginians the opportunity that they deserve. i'm going to understand what folks are going through. that is why i hope you are fired up on tuesday. >> but the president said
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the suspected gunman fired at the tsa officer at pointblank range friday, walked away, and then came back to shoot him again. tsa officer gerardo hernandez later died. the suspected shooter, paul ciancia, was shot several times by police. he is described as unresponsive in the hospital. >>> john kerry is in cairo today asking egyptians to work toward democrat tracey. the secretary of state is the highest level u.s. official to visit egypt since former president morsi was ousted in july. kerry said the u.s. did not suspend military aid to egypt as punishment and promises humanitarian aid will continue. >>> back in the u.s., a tropical storm has stormed off the southern tip of baja california. the national hurricane center says tropical storm sonia has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, and picking up speed, moving about thea 13 miles per hour. >>> coming up at 2:00 eastern time, the mayor of toronto has apologized for "mistakes," but says he isn't going anywhere. he made the statement on his weekly radio show just moments ago. toronto police reportedly had video of him smoking a
'm fredericka whitfield. here are the top stories we're following in the "cnn newsroom." one tsa agent dead, two others hurt in a shooting at l.a.x. now new information about the suspected gunman and a potential motive for the rampage. >>> a controversial nypd program remains in place. officers can stop and frisk anyone they think looks suspicious. but does the program unfairly target african-americans?
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say suspected gunman paul ciancia shot tsa officer gerardo hernandez multiple times at pointblank range, went up an escalator and then returned to shoot hernandez again. earlier on cnn's "state of the union," michael mccaul described what police found as a suicide note and said mental illness was a chief reason behind the shooting. the 23-year-old ciancia is currently hospitalized in police custody. he's charged with two felonies including the murder of a federal officer. terminal three at l.a.x. is open today. >>> secretary of state john kerry is in the middle east for meeting with u.s. allies. one of kerry's key missions is to smooth relations with saudi arabia which is upset about u.s. policies in the region. kerry's first stop today was egypt where he told the foreign minister that u.s. ties go deeper than aid. it was kerry's first trip to the country since the u.s. suspended significant military aid to egypt over the bloody crackdown on the muslim brotherhood. those are your top stories. "reliable sources" is at the top of the hour but back to fareed zakaria and "gps." >>> fo
be a -- a tsa employee. these things come out in the first minutes and hours that seem to misdirect the attention of the public. why shouldn't that matter? >> my point is there are two cat divorce of mistakes in a live -- categories of mistakes in a live broadcast. one is a mistake on fact the other is a mistake with a person. if you misidentify the person, in other words, in the newtown shooting, we thought that ryan lanza was the assailant finisor while when it was adam. that affects a person. big deal. also with the navy yard, cbs and nbc said it was someone whom we won't name that it turned out not to be. that affects that person's lives. as we learn later when report said the guy was freaking out. >> sure. >> the other mistakes like, say, the wrong weapon, other atmospherics aren't as consequential. >> i mean, you know, why shouldn't viewers and readers have the expectation that the places they're turning for authoritative information will get it right and will, in fact, be authoritative on this? >> they should. i'm not minimizing those other errors. i'm saying which are fireab
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